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    Home Defense Weapons for Beginners

    What kind of home defense weapons do you prefer? Why? What would you recommend to a novice? Pistol, shotgun or rifle? Pistol grip or shoulder stock? Mossberg or Remington?

    What are the best safes and locks for a gun? This part is very important to me with a 5 and a 1 year old.

    Do you prefer something else like a nightstick or baseball bat?
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    I prefer a .38 S&W police special (revolver). Very dependable, not too big, and ammo is relatively cheap. 12 Gage shotgun is a good choice (with a short(er))
    barrel for maneuverability in close quarters. A rifle is not the best home defense weapon in my opinion, too powerful and could easily go through walls which could be very bad for someone in the next room...

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    Pump action shot gun or as above with the 38special(just buy a 357 and you can use 38 in it) the shotgun can be a little on the large side but the pistol you could walk around with it easy

    as for locking put it in the night stand or high on the wall(shotgun) with a very small chain to keep the kids out of it but not so strong that you cant break it when you need it

    HERE(lucky yanks ) we MUST lock the firearms up in a safe that cannot be opened fast and the ammo must be separate

    so i have a long MAG-Light torch(my better half does not like knives) in the bed room and a staff at the front door and a little know how in there use
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    AK-47 with a night sight.
    1 AK is sort of idiot proof
    Can be used in an Civil Unrest situation to keep you safe.
    2 AR-15 With a night sight
    Not as Idiot proof


    Mossburg is also a very good choice, but if things go to civil unrest in the future a Mossburg will be useless.

    Spend your money on a assault rifle. Also get reloading supplies if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladybright View Post
    What kind of home defense weapons do you prefer? Why? What would you recommend to a novice? Pistol, shotgun or rifle? Pistol grip or shoulder stock? Mossberg or Remington?
    I have a 38, which I know will cause a lot of damage, or should I just be honest & say, a bigger hole. People buy those little 22's & so many times a bad guy just gets up and walks away after being shot with one of those.
    I wanted a weapon that I could maneuver with easily in the house. My husband thought his rifles were adequate, but they would be awkward to use in a tight place in the house. My regret is that I can't use an automatic. I am a female with a very petite bone structure, & my hands are too small to cock an automatic. My husband who has been in the military prefers one that isn't automatic because he says they frequently jam. I keep my 38 in my bedroom in my dress drawer (loaded). But I couldn't do that if I had children in the house.

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    good old Smith & Wesson K-frame 357/38 only thing is make sure you hit the intruder as the bullets can and will go through walls(not as bad as most rifles tho)
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    Many good choices!

    I prefer Ruger .357 magnum, stainless steel revolvers, for my every day carry gun. I have a .357 magnum, GP 100, w/ a 3" brrl. I've had a CCW, carry permit for 20+ years. I've carried several different sidearms, over the years.
    I have a few other handguns, mostly Rugers. I have a couple 1911,
    .45acp autos as well. The Rugers are built stronger than S&W's.

    We live in a rural location. We have hunting guns as well as HD guns.
    We each have our own 12 ga shotguns. We have no one in the house but the 2 of us and 2 large dogs.
    DSW Sharon, has her own weapons. She picks her own, handguns, shotguns and rifles. She also has a carry permit.She likes a little auto in 9mm for everyday use. We practice, at our target stands, out on the hill. We also practice house clearing scenarios. It takes 15 minutes or more for the LEO's to get here. You Need to let the LEO's know that you, the Home Owner are Armed. You Don't want to get Shot by a Cop.

    There are many good choices, all different. There are many different needs, for a firearm, or 2 or 3, that Folks might have. Out here 40 miles from a large city or even a small one, is different than living in an urban location.
    You need to use Good Gun Safety!
    My son has a Taurus revolver, that shoots .45 Colt and .410 ga. shotgun shells out of the same handgun. He carries that for self defense with buckshot in it.

    There are many self defense decisions to make But it doesn't end there.
    You need to practice, you need to work out possible scenarios.
    Buying a Gun or several.....Requires the Decision and the Will to use it If Necessary. Can You?? Can you possibly Take a Life??
    You need to use Good Gun Safety.

    Steve McNallen said:"Bearing a Weapon is a Sacred Trust."
    It puts the power of Life and Death in your Hands.
    Thoughts??

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    What kind of home defense weapons do you prefer?
    I prefer an AK because they are reliable. The ammo may not be as cheap in the future.

    Why?
    AKs do not recoil very hard, they are accurate, and you can purchase low penetration ammo for them.

    What would you recommend to a novice?
    A S&W 38 special (5 rounds) is better than nothing. Most people at the gun boards would say something like a Glock in 9mm (17 rounds) and some time at the range with an instructor. Springfield XD (HS2000) is also a nice hand gun. The beginner needs to hold the gun their hand to sure it fits good. A good place to get information is Warriortalk.com. They have a newbie, and a women's sub-forum.
    Pistol, shotgun or rifle?
    Pistols are significantly less powerful than the 12 gauge with buck shot, or a carbine (short usually black rifle) with hollow points. (unless you are shooting a big round like a 44 magnum with a 300 grain hollow point)

    Pistol grip or shoulder stock?
    For a shotgun I like the Knoxx stock, which has two springs in it.
    http://www.impactguns.com/store/047700814001.html


    Mossberg or Remington?
    Remington 870 police model are generally considered the best. They can come with or without a Knoxx stock.
    Mossberg 590A1 is very good also.

    What are the best safes and locks for a gun?
    Most new guns come with a key lock. Many people just get a big heavy safe. They usually weigh over 500 pounds.

    Do you prefer something else like a nightstick or baseball bat?
    A baseball bat, a hammer, or a spear from Cold Steel would work nicely also.
    http://www.coldsteel.com/spear.html

    Lately I have been thinking of a revolver, even though I already own a shotgun.
    http://www.impactguns.com/store/022188131161.html
    One can shoot 38 special out of a 357 magnum if they do not want too much recoil. The Rugers are nice also. I would have to ask at Warriortalk, but I think a Kel-Tec pistol carbine in 9mm is OK also. It would have very little recoil.
    Last edited by Leonhardt; Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 06:19 AM. Reason: wording

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    For a beginner on a Budget..........

    You can get a Maverick 12 ga. shotgun with an 18 1/2 in. barrel, for about
    $175. It holds 5 rounds, about all you are likely to need. It has a black stock.
    It is a cheaper model made by Mossberg Co.
    The differences are the Mossberg has(I think), a 10 yr. Warranty as opposed to 1 yr. for the Maverick. The Safety on the Mossberg is on the tang, The safety is on the triggfer guard.

    My older son has a Maverick I gave him as a house-gun, when he bought his own home, about 9 years ago. He's shot rabbits, eating his garden, a few times w/ it, with proper loads.
    He keeps #4 buck shot in it, and sitting beside his bed, for home defense.

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    Some people prefer a semi auto shotgun because they are quicker, and recoil less. Then you have to learn how to take them apart to clean them so they cycle properly. The semi autos should be test fired to make sure they are running well.
    Glocks can be cleaned in dish water, and do not require oil. They will not do well in the heat cycle of the dishwasher.
    However, their grips can be too big for some people with smaller hands.

    Here is an example of a reliable semi auto shotgun, a Winchester SX3.
    http://www.impactguns.com/store/SS-20961.html

    Also a more expensive Beretta Xtrema2 model.
    http://www.impactguns.com/store/082442814902.html

    For inexpensive one might have to remain with the pumps, unless they want to try a Saiga. Saiga 12 gauges still have a bit of thump, but less than a pump without a recoil stock.
    https://www.gilbertsguns.com/Shotgun...+Barrel+IZ-109

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